In a move that should influence the workplace management of psychological injuries, a regulator has amended its expectations of insurers to require an empathetic response to psychological injury claims and the identification of any safety risks posed by recovery-at-work arrangements.
A worker who was caught smoking with two colleagues before the start of a shift was lawfully dismissed under her employer's "unapologetic hard-line" approach to controlling the spread of COVID-19, a commission has ruled.
Employers should apply the hierarchy of controls to psychosocial hazards and seek to eliminate the risk of work stress "through job design and safe systems of work", according to a new WorkSafe Victoria guide to preventing and managing work-related stress.
A court has examined the scope of a principal contractor's safety duties to the employees of subcontractors, in rejecting an injured worker's claim that the principal should have prevented his employer from requiring him to work in cramped spaces.
A worker has been awarded more than $1.1 million in damages, after her employer's instructions against lifting heavy stock were not relayed to staff, causing her to suffer incapacitating back injuries.
A company and its director have been convicted and fined, and issued WHS project and training orders, over the electrocution of an unsupervised apprentice, in a unique case, while two employers and a director have been charged over a switchboard shock.
An employer has committed to being the first in its industry to trial digital exclusion zone and barrier technology to address the hazards arising from the interaction of mobile plant and personnel, after a worker was struck by a 20-tonne excavator.
With Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout program commencing today, employers have been re-warned that vaccinations do not replace other workplace control measures for the pandemic. Meanwhile, two employers have been charged over the death of a jockey.